Thales teams up with Neural Labs to support AI-powered smart cities

Thales, a specialist in software monetisation and licensing, has expanded its partnership with Neural Labs, a company that provides video analysis for Smart Cities and AI-based Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS), to enable secure, efficient, and practical solutions for vehicle access control and logistical planning.

Thales’ Sentinel platform provides services for software licensing, entitlement management, delivery, and protection – helping Neural Labs to quickly and...

BT launches multi-million-pound NB-IoT network to support UK smart cities 

BT has launched its new multi-million-pound NB-IoT network, which is set to pave the way for more UK smart cities and industries – with the network covering 97% of the UK population. It is underpinned by the EE mobile network.

NB-IoT is a low-power network with the potential to transform industries such as utilities, construction, and the public sector – by securely and reliably connecting the devices to automate many processes that currently require manual oversight or direct...

Lenovo unveils edge AI initiatives across telecoms

MWC MWC has traditionally been the telcos’ playground – and Lenovo is leaning into this with a newly announced series of edge AI collaborations with Deutsche Telekom, Orange, and Telefonica.

The collaborations announced in Barcelona enable the telecom providers to create and deliver a broad array of AI workloads for customers, ranging from automated deployment of edge-to-cloud AI infrastructure, networking, software, orchestration, and management.

Perhaps the most...

Intel’s new platform promises edge performance with cloud simplicity

MWC Intel has announced the launch of a new Intel Edge Platform which aims to enable enterprises to run the gamut of edge and AI application development and deployment at scale – with the promise of ‘cloud-like simplicity.’

The platform, announced at MWC 2024, runs on an edge-native infrastructure which has OpenVino built in; an open source toolkit which accelerates AI inference while maintaining accuracy and optimising hardware use.

The theory is solid. Intel...

Helin secures €3m to transform ‘dumb’ maritime and energy assets into ‘smart’ ones

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Helin, an industrial edge intelligence platform, has successfully raised a €3 million Seed round from FORWARD.one. The capital is Helin’s first funding round and marks the transition from its initial bootstrap phase to a phase of accelerated growth.

The funding will be used to grow Helin’s commercial and development teams and expand its Industrial Edge Intelligence SaaS platform. 

In this time of rapid increase in security compliance, energy transition...

AustinGIS, Sky Packets, and Lumen to revolutionise smart city, connected experiences

Lumen Technologies is working with partners AustinGIS and Sky Packets to create new paths to improving the quality of life for city residents. 

AustinGIS, a pioneer of smart infrastructure-as-a-service (SIaaS), and Sky Packets, an innovator in last-mile connectivity solutions, announced a strategic partnership with telecom industry disruptor Lumen, whose global network powers metro connectivity and long-haul data transport.

The concept of a smart city is around...

Amdocs and Microsoft continue collaboration to develop edge, IoT use cases

Communications software provider Amdocs has revealed new use cases put together in concert with Microsoft around how private networks, edge computing solutions, and the Internet of Things (IoT) ‘can come together for a better digital society.’

The two offerings are Amdocs solutions built on Microsoft Azure’s private MEC (multi-access edge compute) and Azure Private 5G core, and developed in Microsoft’s Americas 5G Experience Lab in Dallas.

The first is Amdocs...

Synaptics launches AI vision and audio module, KatanaConnect

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Edge developer Synaptics has launched its KatanaConnect module, a wireless AI vision and audio device.

Synaptics specialise in human interface hardware and software, with KatanaConnect using AI computer vision and audio sensing to support applications ranging from security to automation and monitoring.

Ananda Roy, senior product manager of low-power edge AI at Synaptics, said: “KatanaConnect enables the fastest, most future-proof path to feature-rich, connected AI...

Blaize partners with Innovatrics on edge AI facial recognition solution

Edge AI computing firm Blaize has partnered with biometric solutions company Innovatrics to develop a low power, edge-optimised facial recognition technology.

Running on Blaize’s edge devices, Innovatrics SmartFace Embedded has been designed for access control and public security applications such as face detection, facial landmarks, and face template extraction.

Users can combine specific processes and deselect others to maintain a small footprint and use minimal...

Bell collaborates on Toronto AWS Wavelength Zone, first in Canada

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Canada’s largest telco provider, Bell Canada, has launched the country’s first public multi-access edge computing (MEC) alongside Amazon Web Services (AWS).

Expanding on the two companies’ 2021 collaboration agreement, the Bell 5G network is helping to power the first AWS Wavelength Zone in Canada, starting with Toronto.

Bell Public MEC with AWS Wavelength embeds AWS compute and storage services at the edge of the Bell 5G network, closer to mobile and connected...